Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons TPH

Meaning, Term, and Glossary Definition - What is Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons TPH?

Measure of the concentration or mass of petroleum hydrocarbon constituents present in a given amount of soil or water. The word "total" is a misnomer--few, if any, of the procedures for quantifying hydrocarbons can measure all of them in a given sample. Volatile ones are usually lost in the process and not quantified and non-petroleum hydrocarbons sometimes appear in the analysis.

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Chlorinated Hydrocarbons   Hydrocarbons HC   Petroleum   Petroleum Derivatives   Total Pressure   Total Dissolved Phosphorous   Total Dissolved Solids TDS   Total Recovered Petroleum Hydrocarbon   Total Suspended Particles TSP   
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